Don’t just dream: Be a Bible-verse catcher

Jesus told His disciples
That the Holy Spirit
“Will remind you
Of everything
I have said to you.”
Let God’s Spirit speak
Scriptures in your spirit.
Catch them when they come
And let them
Repeat in your heart,
Spreading like fire
Within you.

To be reminded of the words of Jesus you have to have read or heard them first. So read the Bible every day with tenderness and let God write it on the tablet of your heart. Then ask God to remind you of what you have read. When Scriptures come to your mind, ponder them. Let them repeat over and over in your consciousness. Cherish and treasure them. Savor them like a refreshing spring of water in a toasty desert.

Gather with other Christ-followers and go beyond an analytical, knowledge-based Bible study. Instead, pray together and ask the Holy Spirit to remind everyone present of Bible verses. Then allow anyone in the gathering to freely quote Scriptures as they come to mind. Inspired Bible quoting is an amazing (even life-changing) experience–to sit quietly with a group of believers sharing Scriptures one after the other. Why not try it the next time you gather with a group of Christ-followers? You’ll be glad you did! The worst thing to block is God’s light from your heart.

Until the real Jesus begins doing real things in your heart and life, He’ll probably be only a religious figure to you. Spirit-ed Bible verse catching and quoting with a group of believers can make Jesus suddenly real to you!

Access to the risen Jesus isn’t limited by geography or by time. Sharing Scriptures together with an open, humble heart, as prompted by the Holy Spirit can help us to interact with Him anywhere and anytime.

Here’s a Scripture that I believe the Holy Spirit wants to remind us of. Instead of saying, “Go to church,” Jesus said, “Come unto Me.”

Church too often offers people information about Jesus without offering them direct and personal access to Him. Quoting Bible verses as moved by the Spirit actually demonstrates the presence and leadership of the risen Jesus.

If you had a famous friend, you probably would rather spend time with him than to hear a lecture about him every week. That’s how I feel about the risen Jesus. When church doesn’t allow people to spontaneously participate and interact, there’s no room for them to be led by the Spirit.

Going to church to hear a sermon is like going to hear a lecture about a friend. Perhaps it would be better to hang out together with the living Jesus. He wants to call us to repentance so our destiny can become our reality. Let the Bible manifest as fresh daily manna within you.

Words that start
In the heart,
Not just said
With the head,
Are powerful.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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